The West Berkshire Golf Club delivered the friendly and relaxed welcome it is renowned for as 13 teams enjoyed stunning views over the Berkshire Downs and across to the Valley of the Racehorse.
Views that a number of guests are very familiar with, including retired jockey-turned-trainer Richard Hughes. He joined fellow retired jockeys John Reid, John Francome and Mick Fitzgerald on the golf course but also now joins them as a Patron of HEROS as well, to the delight of Grace Muir: “Richard is rightly admired in horseracing and it’s an honour for us to have his support, particularly in this our 10th anniversary year.”
Grace continued: “It’s been such a fun day and I can’t thank everybody involved enough. We have raised an exciting sum and we already have names signed up for #HEROSGolf 2017.”
Three-time champion jockey Richard Hughes, following in the footsteps of his late father Dessie and his sister Sandra by joining the training ranks, understands the diversity of Thoroughbreds: “They are intelligent and willing animals – it’s easy to support them on the track while they’re in the limelight so to speak, but all of us in racing have a duty to ensure their future away from that attention. The work of charities such as HEROS is vital. Their knowledgeable retraining ensures a long-term and fulfilling future. I particularly admire the HEROS team’s ‘individual’ focus on matching the personalities and capabilities of people and horses.”
HEROS Charity is aiming to raise £100k in its 10th Anniversary year to counteract funding cuts and underpin its position to continue protecting the futures of horses in their ‘New Life After Racing’ for another 10 years. Find out more on how to donate or visit our GiveSmart Auction page. Thank you.